|Ofonime Inyang writes poetry, drama and essays in Ibibio, Efik and English. His works have been widely published in magazines, including Under a Quick Silver Moon, Okukin, Water Testament, Capricorn, Flute and PELS. His published plays, which include After the War (2006), The Choice (2008) and The Conference (2009), have enjoyed an enthusiastic reception on the airwaves both in and out of Nigeria. He is an active member of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), currently serving as the Chairman of the Akwa Ibom State branch. He is also a member of Global Leadership Interlink (GLI) and the Indigenous Language Development Association (ILDA). Born in Anua-Uyo, 1974, Ofonime Inyang is a graduate of Theatre and Speech Communication from the Universities of Uyo and Calabar, Nigeria.
Ibibio is one of a highly complex cluster of interrelated languages spoken in south-eastern Nigeria. Other mutually comprehensible languages in the region are Efik and Anaang. Each has its own dialects and varieties. It has been estimated that Ibibio has between 1 and 2 million speakers (1998), Anaang approximately one million (1990), and Efik around four hundred thousand (1998). All three languages belong to the branch of the Benue-Congo language family called Cross River.